View a Private Instagram Account without Following

Would you like to get a look at some of the private Instagram accounts to see what they are posting without having to actually follow them? Well then, you have come to the right place. This article will teach you a few of the handy tricks I have learned to view these private accounts without being a follower. 

How to view a Private Instagram Account without following

Hello everyone! It is your good friend Frankie Caruso here once more – the noted technological whiz and application tester.

There are likely many folks that you know who have set their accounts to private on Instagram. Usually, this is to be selective about who gets to see the content they post.

While you might be dying to look around these accounts, there is a certain satisfaction the user on this account receives when potential followers have to jump through hoops to see what they post. So now, you want to know what you can do to work around this.

Your next step was rushing to trusty Google for the answers of how to view private Instagram accounts without following and you ended up here at my tutorial I put together.

Well, welcome. Furthermore, it isn’t ALL good news I am afraid.

You might have already come to the conclusion that there are no direct methods of accessing profile contents from Instagram if it has been set to private.

That is not to say that there is not a workaround. There are some tricks that, when applied, can allow you to view content from private accounts to some extent.

Following me so far? If you are chomping at the bit to learn more, than make yourself comfortable. I have put together a comprehensive guide to help you here. Implement these tips and you will be happy with the results.


Frankie’s Take:

You cannot directly spy on private accounts without using some sort of spyware for Instagram. To see what they post without this route, you will need to send them a request and wait for their approval. I am going to list your options beyond this traditional route here below.

Forward on Viewing Someone’s Private Instagram Account

Before I can get into the full analysis of possible solutions and how to stalk private Instagram account without following, it is important to give you some clarity here. There are pieces of this puzzle that you need before you can really begin putting the whole picture together. Let me provide some critical information to help you better manage the steps ahead.

The first thing that you need to expect is the high level of privacy anticipated with private accounts. This will make it difficult to view content they post, since traditionally it is only shared with followers that the owner of the account has manually approved as a contact.

So, if a user is publishing a post with a hashtag or geotag, you still cannot see it. While Instagram features advanced search parameters by location or hashtags added to a post, private accounts do not show up in the list of search results that you will see.

Instead, you are going to have to pull some tricks out of the bag, some of which should be able to allow you access to some of the content that a private account posts without being their follower.

Understand though that if you don’t use real spy apps, operations like these will have a low success rate. I cannot promise that by the end of this article you will be able to complete your adventure given this lower probability.

At any rate, trying doesn’t cost the thing. Let’s get started.

3 Ways Non-Followers Can See Content from Private Instagram Accounts

With the introduction out of the way, it is time to see in more detail three of the ways that you can investigate private Instagram accounts.

Let’s get started.

1. Monitor Other Social Networks They Have

You might find that monitoring other social networks is a great Ave for seeing content posted to a private Instagram account.

Even the Instagram help center features a page about sharing content from a private account to other social networks. This reads: “If an individual who has a private profile shares a photo or video on a social network (such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.) using Instagram, the image will be visible on that social network and a link to the content will be active. That is, anyone who has access to the direct link/URL of the image will be able to see the photo”.

I realized that it could be quite tricky to access private contents that you might be searching for through other social networks. However, this option cannot be ignored. You should realize, however, that in order to accomplish this you have to meet two specific conditions.

The first, is that the content must have been published to other platforms like Facebook. The second, is that the content must have been posted with privacy settings that allow it to be visible. For example, if the content was posted in the private form, even on Facebook, you will have no access.

Monitor Other Social Networks

Did you get all that? If you want to try to find the contents of a private Instagram profile using other social networks, you first started by accessing the platform that you wish to search, such as Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and more. Locate the account of the user in questioned by searching for either their first and last name or by their username that they might also have on Instagram.


Frankie’s Take:

It might seem odd, but there is some success in viewing private Instagram content through other social networks that these account owners might be using. People love to share photos, videos, and stories on multiple platforms simultaneously, and some of this sharing just happens automatically (such as Facebook and Twitter) with specific settings.

2. Use A Different Account

Another option you might consider to view content posted on private accounts is to use a different account than yours.

Perhaps you already have a friend or family member that has made the cut to be one of this private account’s followers so you might simply ask them to allow you to view the account and view its content.

Now, you can also create a fake account altogether and send a request to the private profile and see if they accept it.

We don’t recommend anyone create a fake account as this is generally unfair practice all around but if you are not afraid to put on your deception suit and would prefer not to deal with the annoyances of sending a follow request from your own normal account, at least make your fake profile realistic and interesting.

Your account cannot be bare. You need to get a good number of followers and put up some decent quality photos to make it believable. Remember that if the person you send the request to doesn’t know this fake account, which they won’t, it is possible that they will just leave you hanging and never accept/deny your request.


Frankie’s Take:

It should go without saying that if you know a friend, family member, or colleague who already has access to this profile, just ask them if you can take a look. You should know that creating a fake account is against Instagram’s rules.

3. Private Instagram Viewer Apps?

Undoubtedly if you are searching for the topic of private Instagram viewer apps to view private profiles on Instagram without following them, you have seen a few options. STAY AWAY!

All of these options are going to promise you everything you want, as soon as you pay the fee. Not only is this not going to work – but you also risk your own identity and personal information signing up for it.

These apps and services are nothing but lies and empty promises. They are looking instead to prey on desperate people by stealing their data and selling it to third parties.

Never trust these as actual options. Whether they are free or premium, they are never going to work. If you choose to do it anyway, don’t say that I didn’t warn you.

As I mentioned earlier, the only apps that will work to accomplish this are legitimate spy apps. I will tell you a little more about this in the paragraphs to come.


Frankie’s Take:

There are a multitude of apps and online services all claiming to provide you unabated access to private Instagram accounts like Instagram + or Private Insta Viewer. Not only do most of these services not offer this information for free, but they instead come with adware and viruses that put your account and device at risk.

Bonus: Use Legitimate Spyware Apps

You might also consider a ‘parallel world’ where the approach is risky, but the payoff is great.

Spyware and the respective apps allow you to bypass much of the limitations and walls preventing you from accessing content from a private account. The drawback is that in most situations, using spyware is illegal.

NOTE: These paragraphs are written for information purposes only. We do not encourage anyone in any capacity to commit acts that are against the law.

Ill-intending individuals use various methods to install spyware on targeted devices used by the private account users. Some of these might include phishing campaigns, payload execution, and social engineering.

Once malware gets installed on the target device, a hacker then just collects necessary data remotely without the phone user ever realizing it.

Apart from this, some people rely on spy apps for Instagram. These are technically intended as parental control apps to monitor activity, but they have other purposes as many have learned.

These include monitoring and viewing Instagram content, posts, and messages.

spy on Instagram using mSpy

One of the primary drawbacks for those looking to attempt this route is that it would require having the intended target’s phone in your possession for a few minutes. If you want to learn a little more about this topic to gain some knowledge, you can check out a guide I have about how to spy on Instagram.


Frankie’s Take:

It is becoming more and more common to see spy apps in use. There are many kinds, and they are quite effective for what they can do. The best I have seen for things like spying on an Instagram profile (and much more) is mSpy. This is a cheap option that gives you all the information you could want.


And thus concludes today’s guide. As you have seen, you cannot directly view someone’s private content on their Instagram profile.

To see the photos and videos that they post, you have to send them a request and wait for approval. You did read about possible workarounds that could help you avoid the red tape of acceptance.

Honestly, the best of these and most reliable is an Instagram spy app, but you would need a target’s phone for a few minutes to install it. There is also the pesky problem of it being illegal.

If you have any more questions or concerns on the topic, you can always drop a comment on this article, and I will be sure to get back with you as quickly as I can.

Good Luck!


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About Frankie Caruso

I'm Frankie Caruso. I'm a professional amateur in that ugly business of social media and computer security. I help all those frustrated moms and dads who call themselves digital illiterates to understand something about this confusing digital world so their kids don't get in trouble.

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